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Getting a mastectomy is a life- and body-changing event for breast cancer survivors. In today's always-online world, it's natural that survivors who have endured a mastectomy would like to share their “battle scars” with friends and family on social media.

Facebook is very clear that they do, in fact, allow post-mastectomy photos. Their Help Center states, "We agree that undergoing a mastectomy is a life-changing experience and that sharing photos can help raise awareness about breast cancer and support the men and women facing a diagnosis, undergoing treatment or living with the scars of cancer. The vast majority of these kinds of photos are compliant with our policies."

But in practice, many breast cancer survivors have experienced the shame and outrage of having posted a post-mastectomy photo only to have it flagged as inappropriate content.

Why does this happen?

Facebook allows users to flag images for offensive content, and the website's algorithm usually removes the image without considering context. Cancer survivors have to go through the hassle of disputing the automatic removal of their image, despite the fact that Facebook's Terms of Service is very clear that post-mastectomy images are allowed on the site.

Facebook needs to stop its blanket approach to banning images. They need to have real people decide what images should and should not be banned. Breast cancer survivors should not have to fight to post what Facebook has already said is allowed on their website!

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Dear Mark Zuckerberg,

It has come to my attention that many breast cancer survivors are feeling persecuted and silenced after they attempt to share post-mastectomy pictures on your website. Facebook's policy on this is clear. The Help Center states, "We agree that undergoing a mastectomy is a life-changing experience and that sharing photos can help raise awareness about breast cancer and support the men and women facing a diagnosis, undergoing treatment or living with the scars of cancer. The vast majority of these kinds of photos are compliant with our policies."

Breast cancer survivors, however, are often not having experiences that align with this stated policy. Too many survivors have shared post-mastectomy photos only to have the images be flagged and removed by Facebook's algorithm. To get their images back online, survivors have to go through a tedious customer support system. This is not something they should have to do. Furthermore, no survivor should have to go through the pain and anguish of having a banned image imply that their body is somehow inadequate or unacceptable. Cancer is hard enough. Post-mastectomy pictures are a way for survivors to bring awareness to the disease, and also bring to light the strength and indomitable spirit needed to endure it.

Mr. Zuckerberg, please spearhead a revision of Facebook's system for banning images. Flagged images should have a human making judgement calls before they are removed from the site. Doing so would save many breast cancer survivors countless hours of stress and shame that Facebook agrees they should not have experienced in the first place.

Thank you for your help,

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Jan 21, 2018 Linda Gutke
Jan 20, 2018 Dawn Joseph I am a breast cancer survivor and was in facebook jail becayse I posted a photo of my breast, whick is just an implant, and a TATTOO of a nipple!! I had a double mastectomy.......I was posting so other women can see the likeness of the tattoo. Ridiculous!
Jan 10, 2018 Mandy Yarbrough
Jan 10, 2018 Suzanne Stapely Lumpectomy on the right. DIEP Flap on the left. Graft middle sternum. Reconstruction ten days ago from a B on the right and D on the left to two B's. Scars, yes. Alive, yes.
Jan 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 7, 2018 Rosemary Rannes
Jan 7, 2018 thomas 5622998912
Jan 3, 2018 Donna Thornton
Jan 3, 2018 Louise McDonald Having worked for 10 years with a Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon I want to say your scar is beautiful. Thanks for sharing!
Jan 3, 2018 Maria Kwaterski Please don’t ban mastectomy pictures. It is some women’s way of coping
Jan 3, 2018 Michael Edelson
Jan 3, 2018 D Grubbs
Jan 3, 2018 Helen Brown
Jan 3, 2018 Tracey Schneider
Jan 2, 2018 (Name not displayed) you allow tatoos in private areas. mastectomy scars are not in private areas. it's just chest skin, no boobs, no nipples.
Jan 2, 2018 Alexandria Harwood
Jan 2, 2018 B H
Dec 26, 2017 Evie Coe
Dec 21, 2017 Julie Hughes
Dec 15, 2017 TUSHAR SEN
Dec 15, 2017 Sandra Cobb
Dec 10, 2017 Gwendolyn Moore
Dec 5, 2017 DayLynn McDonald
Dec 5, 2017 Joan Smelkinson
Dec 2, 2017 Barbara Costanzo
Dec 1, 2017 Stacey Govito
Dec 1, 2017 christine etapa
Nov 27, 2017 Aymee Iannaccone
Nov 26, 2017 Natividad Salazar
Nov 26, 2017 Emily Palmer
Nov 25, 2017 Cindy Ray
Nov 25, 2017 Patricia Horwell Flagging photos of mastectomy scars as inappropriate is insulting and demeaning to the thousands of women who have gone through this hell to stay alive
Nov 25, 2017 Kristin Ulanoff
Nov 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 24, 2017 (Name not displayed) I am currently fighting breast cancer . It is a hard battle and one which is traumatic enough without additional fights !!
Nov 24, 2017 Tricia Pleasant
Nov 24, 2017 Lana Rizzuto Don’t ban these pictures
Nov 21, 2017 Julie Metcalfe
Nov 20, 2017 joann watson i am a 2x breast cancer survivor and i shouldn't have to hide my scars cause others find them offensive!
Nov 20, 2017 Carol Joy Farrell Get a grip, please--it's the human body. Thank you.
Nov 20, 2017 Annmarie Adamus I am a survivor and choose to forgo reconstruction, my scars are beautiful! Women should be able to see what the scars look like if they chose this route in treatment!
Nov 20, 2017 Kim Meloy
Nov 20, 2017 Rosa García
Nov 20, 2017 (Name not displayed) Fuc🎗 Cancer!
Nov 20, 2017 Merri Decker Facebook has no right to censor mastectomy images. This is a very important thing that people have a right to share.
Nov 20, 2017 Jessica Patterson
Nov 20, 2017 Lorraine Sugrue
Nov 19, 2017 Jennifer Vanderwood Please allow us to express what Breast Cancer really is. It isn't a free pass for a boob job. This is real. I had bilateral mastectomy as well and at this time had no reconstruction.
Nov 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 17, 2017 Paul Statman

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